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Curbs blames himself

03 Mar 2007 - 08:35:16

West Ham United manager Alan Curbishley is blaming himself for failing to lift the club out of the relegation zone.

Since beating Manchester United in Curbishley's first game in charge before Christmas, the Hammers have failed to win another match and now find themselves staring relegation in the face.

The former Charlton Athletic boss has been criticised his negative body language, but he told The Daily Telegraph: "The performances and results haven't been there and, as the person who's in charge of it, you have to take the criticism.

"I'm in charge of the club and results haven't picked up. My brief was to get [us] out of the bottom three, and we're not out of the bottom three.

"I understand the criticism because we're not expected to be where we are, but that doesn't mean I have to accept all of it.

"There has been lots of talk about my body language, but I saw Steve Coppell hardly smile when his side hit the bar against Manchester United in the last minute this week.

"Everyone's different, but you can't expect me to be happy when I've won one game in 11. It's one thing how you're perceived, but another thing about how you go about your job.

"Everyone connected with the club is hurting, and with all my family and friends being West Ham fans, I realise this, and I'm desperate for it to change."

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